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Top-Notch Tofu Presses for Your Kitchen

A white and green tofu press sitting on a white corner while a woman in a grey shirt its out of a blue bowl.Whether you are looking for a meat alternative or trying out new, exciting recipes, tofu can be a wonderful addition to your diet. However, when preparing the ingredient, it can be difficult to remove that water out from a drippy brick of tofu. Solution? Tofu presses! There are all kinds of them, each with an intelligent design and additional reasons to buy them. So, let’s take a look at a few specific tofu press products.

Purchasing a Tofu Press

Here are a few things to consider while shopping for a tofu press:

  • Design: If you tend toward eco-friendly products generally, look for the same in a tofu press. They exist! Some products involve several trays, each designed with a purpose. But if you like a more streamlined design, there are those, too.
  • Desired Result: Most companies claim that their product can press tofu into varying degrees of thickness. While they may be right, use discernment to pick the design you prefer most. Finally, there are tofu presses that make additional foods like paneer and yogurt that can make a tofu press a more versatile tool in your kitchen.

Most Compact: Tofuture Ltd Tofu Press

Plastic tofu press with green lid latched in place with two clasps.

This device is one sweet, little tofu press. Don’t let the look fool you, though, because the design is quite smart. The press comprises an inner container where you place the tofu, the base container that collects the water, and a top with two side clip silicon bands. The top gives an extra degree of pressure. Place this device for a certain amount of time in the fridge to determine the outcome: silken, firm, and extra-firm.

Most Compact

Simplest Spring Design: EZ Tofu Press

A dish with rice and marinated tofu, with a white tofu press in background.

It takes just one look to see how this tofu press works. There are two plastic rectangular pieces and two stainless steel screws on either end of the press that work to compress the tofu. The rectangles are 9 by 5.75 by 4 inches, larger than a tofu brick to ensure even pressure. What’s the advantage? It takes 15 minutes or less!

Simplest Spring Design

Most Adaptable: NOYA Adjustable Tofu Press with Cheesecloth

Assembled tofu press with transparent walls and a tofu brick inside.

This nifty device requires just twist the center dial to control the amount of pressure you want. The water collection tray displays a measurement marker so you can easily determine how much pressure to use. Set the tofu in the inner U Dip Tray, place the lid on top, and latch it in place. The package also comes with a separate lid for marinating tofu after it’s been pressed. The selling point, however, is the cheesecloth! Use it with the tofu presser to make cheese, yogurt, paneer, or strain produce like frozen spinach.

Most Adaptable

Best for Varied Thickness: TOFUDEE Tofu Press

Person's hands shown chopping ingredients with a tofu press in background.

The magic of this tofu press is in its design. To begin, the stainless steel spring and detachable plate push down on the tofu when you adjust the dial. The tofu sits in a green container with drain holes on the bottom. As you apply pressure, the pressing plate squeezes the tofu, and the water drains into the outer container. The silicone legs of the green container stabilize the tofu presser, so you can make extra firm tofu without the worry of breaking it apart.

Best for Varied Thickness

Best Bamboo: Yarkor Bamboo Tofu Press

Bamboo press assembled with tofu block in place.

One of the most beautifully crafted presses on the market, the Yarkor press may win out as the most natural design. Constructed of 100% organic bamboo and stainless steel hardware, this tofu press is easy to put together and use. Simply set your tofu in place, turn the handles to apply pressure, and watch as the three wooden plates work to press out excess water. The Yarkor press easily handles 8- to 16-ounce bricks of tofu.

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